On the pitch this fall, the Warren boys and girls were a combined 29-5-3, with the boys' season still going, and both squads finished atop the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League. So when the All-SEOAL soccer teams were announced, Warriors popped up everywhere, and deservedly so.
The all-league teams were headlined by Alex Miller, who was the Player of the Year on the boys side, and Raeli Barnes, the girls Player of the Year.
Miller has been the star of a loaded Warren boys team all season long. His most recent feat came Saturday in Lucasville, as the Warrior senior recorded the game-winning goal in overtime over Marietta to give Warren a Division II Southeast District title, its third in as many years. The goal was Miller's team-leading 39th of the season. Miller also had big games against Alexander, Parkersburg South and Northwest, scoring four goals in each contest.
JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Warren’s Alex Miller handles the ball during a soccer match earlier this season in Vincent.
"(Miller) has just really taken to the senior leadership role and he's just putting the team on his back and doing really well," Warren boys coach Andrew Johnson said earlier this season after a 7-0 win over Alexander.
For the Lady Warriors, Barnes was also the team-leader with 29 goals this fall. Barnes had the final two goals of the season for Warren in a 4-2 loss to Chillicothe in a sectional championship game. Just a sophomore, Barnes is now a two-time all-league honoree.
"She is a very skillful player," Warren girls coach Ekrem Eksi said earlier this season following a 5-0 victory over Alexander.
2013 East Central Ohio League All-Conference
First team: Logan McLaughlin, Rosecrans; Colton Jordan, Alex Wheeler, Ian Hartley, Wilmer Marquez, Coshocton; Matt Pleshings, Evan Wherley, Dover; Jacob Holdren, Brennan Uhrig, Max Suckel, Marietta; Rob McEwan, New Philadelphia; Samuel Hart, River View; Doug Welker, Austin Blatt, Eric Walker, Zanesville
Second team: Wayne Cade, Rosecrans; Corbin Coffman, Coshocton; Dalton Rennicker, Dover; Brent Huck, Marietta; Jared Ley, New Philadelphia; Levi Vanderbark; Neal Edwards, Zanesville
Honorable mention: Carter Hagy, Rosecrans; Stuart Dunlap, Coshocton; Christian Randazzo, Dover; Skylar Miracle, Marietta; Lucas Randi, New Philadelphia; Matthew Prior, River View; Aaron Ashby, Zanesville
Player of the Year: Colton Jordan, Coshocton
Coach of the Year: Brian Dunlap, Coshocton
First team: Emily Hartley, Hannah Michael, Coshocton; Mary Deeds, Elizabeth Harrington, Dover; Katie Miller, Marietta; Lauren Ramey, Larkin Joseph, Joy Leindecker, Tori Moreland, New Philadelphia; Destinee Frank, River View; Callie Hansgen, Brooke Davey, Kelsie Montgomery, Madison Ashby, Zanesville
Second team: Alexander Philabaum, Coshocton; Paxton Winston, Cambridge; Megan Deeds, Dover; Rebekah Haught, Marietta; Karli-Ann Sanders, New Philadelphia; Sarah Vickers, River View; Kylie Mercer, Zanesville
Honorable mention: Kallie Unger, Coshocton; Kennedy Seckman, Cambridge; Chloe Hanenkrat, Dover; Embrey Roberts, Marietta; Isabella Sprankle, New Philadelphia; Heather Maxwell, River View; Destiny Johnson, Zanesville
Player of the Year: Brooke Davey, New Philadelphia
Coach of the Year: Brian Rotunno, New Philadelphia
Girls cross country
First team: Oliva Warther, Katherine Lehman, Brooke Kinsey, Dover; Courtney Sowers, Sierra Swigert, Taylor Shaw, Katelyn Dillon, Claymont
Second team: Elizabeth Phillips, Cambridge; Frankie Giammo, Dover; Kelsey Strange, River View; Caroline Lehman, Rikki Neading, Katy Duncan, Dover; Pauline Fisher, Claymont
Honorable mention: Brooke Davis, New Philadelphia; Bethany Engstrom, Dover; Francie Neal, River View; Kiersten McComb, Meadowbrook; Emily Bean, Cambridge
Runner of the Year: Oliva Warther, Dover
Coach of the Year: Steve Sparks, Dover
Boys cross country
First team: Brett Bell, Meadowbrook; Stone Swigert, Ricky Roghelia, Chanler Miles, Claymont; Corey Miller, Drew Everhart, River View; Nathan McCutcheon, Dover
Second team: Derrick Brantley, New Philadelphia; Michael Hardesty, Nick Wilson, River View; Matt Sturgill, Zanesville; Jake Haught, Marietta; Jordan Yoder, Garrett Bradley, Dover
Honorable mention: Brice Hutchinson, Dover; Jacob McGlumphy, New Philadelphia; Tyler Gunn, River View; Kody Phillips, Marietta; Madison Lawton, Cambridge; Mark Striker, Claymont; Andrew Hoffman, Zanesville; Carter Hagy, Rosecrans
Runner of the Year: Brett Bell, Meadowbrook
Coach of the Year: Gwenna Neal, River View
2013 All-Southeastern Ohio Athletic League
First team: Josaiah Beha, Chris Wingett, Alexander; Evan Berryman, Victor Davis, Dustin Goetz, Athens; Sammy Hemphill, Tyler Stewart, Winston Wade, Gallia Academy; Evan Crabtree, Chandler Fout, Bryon Lord, Jackson, Dylan Wyant, Jackson; Mitchell Clark, Caleb Stallsmith, Cody Wilson, Logan; Wyatt Lynch, Aaron Mazurkiewicz, Alex Miller, Nathan Robinson, Warren
Player of the Year: Alex Miller, Warren
Coach of the Year: Andrew Johnson, Warren
Honorable mention: Kyle Howard, Aric Russell, Alexander; Finn Kola, Kir Megert, Athens; Chayse Casto, John Michael Roberts, Gallia Academy; Brandon Ghearing, Cody Heft, Jackson; Caleb Heck, Zach Williams, Logan; Ben Koch, Seth Hall, Warren
First team: Marilyn Rankin, Kaylyn Sigman, Alexander; Rachel Broughton, Elli Broy, Emily Fischer, Robin Wood, Athens; Parker Davis, Katie Exline, Jackson, Brooke Hughes, Peyton Miller, Jackson; Morgan Robinette, Nicole Wilcox, Logan; Raeli Barnes, Warren, Raelyn Gardner, Marissa O'Callaghan, Natalie O'Dell, Warren
Player of the Year: Raeli Barnes, Warren
Coach of the year: Ekrem Eksi, Warren
Honorable mention: Breanna Ashley, Chandra Wilson, Alexander; Ingrid Buckley, Kate Moulton, Athens; Carly Polcyn, Abby Van Allen, Jackson; Krissy Eads, Kaylee Meadows, Logan; Laura Eksi, Halee McPherson, Warren
Barnes teamed with senior Raelyn Gardner to form one of the top scoring duos in the league. Gardner and seniors Marissa O'Callaghan and Natalie O'Dell were also first team All-SEOAL.
It was Gardner's second time on the list and the first time for O'Callaghan. O'Dell was an honorable mention pick a year ago.
Sophomores Laura Eksi and Hayley McPherson were honorable mention this season.
For the Warren boys, Miller was joined by senior Wyatt Lynch and juniors Aaron Mazurkiewicz and Nathan Robinson on the first team list. Mazurkiewicz is a second-time honoree, while Lynch and Robinson are first-timers. Junior Ben Koch and sophomore Seth Hall were honorable mention
Coach of the Year honors went to Johnson for the boys and Eksi for the girls. Both were co-coaches of the year a season ago.
In the East Central Ohio League, the Marietta Tigers were well-represented, especially on the boys side.
Jacob Holdren, Brennan Uhrig and Max Suckel were each first team All-ECOL selections. Suckel (23) and Holdren (12) were first and second, respectively, on the team in goals scored this season. Holdren, a senior, also led the squad with 16 assists.
Suckel, a foreign exchange student from Chile, helped lead the Tigers past Jackson in the sectional championship game, scoring four goals in the first half. Overall, Suckel's 23 goals accounted for over one-third of the team's scoring in 2013.
Uhrig scored just one goal on five shot attempts this season, but displayed elite versatility and leadership as one of the team's co-captains.
Senior Brent Huck, a second team All-Ohio honoree a year ago, was a second team All-ECOL pick this year.
Huck played just 14 games this year due to an illness but was still fifth on the team with four goals. Huck played mostly as a defender this season, helping the Tigers hold their final four opponents to just three goals.
Senior Skylar Miracle was an honorable mention pick.
For the Lady Tigers, senior Katie Miller was a first team All-ECOL pick. Miller was Marietta's top offensive player this fall. She helped the Tigers get off to a 1-0 start this season by recording a hat trick in a 5-3 over Maysville in the team's season-opener.
Junior Rebekah Haught was a second team selection, while freshman Embry Roberts was honorable mention.